Roundabout will change traffic on Layton's east side

Tuesday , July 22, 2014 - 5:07 PM

Standard-Examiner correspondent

LAYTON – Traffic flow on one of the city’s major east-west corridors will be a little less direct in the near future.

City officials have approved the purchase of two parcels of property and a swap on two others, as part of a roundabout project at the intersection of Antelope Drive and Church Street. The roundabout will replace a four-way stop there.

To facilitate the project, the city council voted unanimously at a recent meeting to acquire land on the corner of Church and Antelope from Matthew Taylor and the James Ray Nalder Trust. The sale agreement allows the city to acquire two parcels of property and includes adjustments for construction easements. The trust’s parcel was acquired for $18,925 while the city agreed to pay Taylor $2,600 for the roundabout parcel.

Besides the roundabout, the project also includes the installation of curb, gutter and sidewalk along the west side of Church Street from approximately 1900 North to Antelope Drive. Improvements along Church Street also required the city to acquire small pieces of land from Taylor and Moni Retta, according to Tyson Willis, associate city attorney. Both owners agreed to quit-deed the land the land to the city in exchange for improvements to be made along the street and $10.

James Woodruff, city engineer, said the roundabout is tied to the extension of Antelope to U.S. 89 and improving safety in the area. He said work should be completed on the project by October.

Work further east on Antelope near 89 is also scheduled for completion in the fall of this year, but may be delayed until the spring of 2015, because of delays in relocating utilities in the area, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

In the meantime, the work on street improvement near the proposed roundabout is only a small portion of construction being done in the area. Ovation Homes is developing the Cottages at Fairfield subdivision on property between Fairfield Road and Antelope Drive that will include 30 single-family lots on 8.744 acres. The development is currently under construction with several homes being built. The estimated time for the development to be completed is undetermined and is based on the demand for the lots to be sold, according to Kem Weaver, a city planner.

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